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My middle son presents a slight dilemma in his choice of headphones. On the one hand, he hates things sticking in his ears, which rules out the small buds; on the other hand he is extremely likely to lose, sit on or otherwise break the things, and so we are reluctant to hand over too much of the folding stuff.
We were therefore very pleased to spot these headphones in the Argos catalogue. At just £4.99 it seemed like a real bargain, and even if they weren't great or didn't last all that long, they would hopefully do him for a while. They looked fairly plain, being made of black plastic, but we didn't want anything fancy.
I was pleasantly surprised by how thick and padded the earmuff bits were. I was expecting something fairly thin and just for show, but in fact they are fairly substantial. You can easily adjust their width and placement, and they are quite comfortable. The volume is controllable using a dial on the lead, which is quite a convenient place as it is generally in easy reach. The jack lead plugs into the computer or DVD player, with no other adjustment or software required. It's a decent length, so you don't have to stay hunched over the computer but can sit several feet away, or move around, without any problem.
My son uses them a lot - he often listens to music whilst reading or painting, so they have had a great deal of use in the last 2.5 years, and they are still working well. It's not that he treats them particularly well, but they are actually fairly robust, and have lasted far better and far longer than we anticipated - a pleasant surprise in this age of built in obsolescence! The only thing that's happened is that a couple of weeks ago one of the plastic lugs that holds the earmuffs to the supporting bracket broke. Luckily I was able to drill a hole, put in a screw and chop it to the same length, so is fixed in place as well as ever.
Most of this review is from my son's perspective, however I do borrow them occasionally, for instance to watch a video without disturbing anyone else, and they are really quite good - comfy, with good volume control, undistorted sound and easy to adjust. I can certainly say that they are well insulated - if you have the sound up to a moderate level you can't hear someone talking to you. I leave it to the reader to decide if this is an advantage or not!
We were sufficiently impressed that we bought a second set for my daughter, who's 8. She also finds them easy to use and is very happy with them. They stay on her head very well without either slipping off or being too tight.
All in all I'm very happy with these earphones. They couldn't be described as stylish or sophisticated, but they do the job very well indeed. If you're looking for a budget set of earphones, you won't go far wrong. Kudos to Argos and Alba; in this case cheap and cheerful is also long-lasting and robust.
I like to listen to music quite a lot on my computer, and like it quite loud too, so decided to buy myself a pair of earphones to wear. I am partially deaf in my right ear, so need the music a little louder than normal to be able to hear things well.
I opted on buying the Alba full stereo headphones from Argos. Currently, they are priced as just £4.99, reduced from £6.99. But I bought these earphones well over a year ago, and although I can't remember exactly how much I paid for them, I would have paid around this price for them. I particularly chose the full headphones rather than the ear plugs as I wear these headphones for long periods of time.
The earphones are easy to plug in. The lead running from the headphones to the plug socket on the end is long, which gives you plenty of room and ease between your ears and the computer. My computer tower is on the floor, and the lead still has plenty of room for movement. Just plug the socket into the sound plug on your computer (mind is on the front of my tower) and the sound will easily come through on the headphones.
The 'Alba' logo is on each earphone, with an 'L' and 'R' on each earphone, although I usually have these on the wrong ears as I like the wire on the right hand side of me rather than going across my body lol, but that's just me being picky and silly. What I like about these earphones is the flexibility of them. They are comfortable too. Placing them on my head is easy, and you can adjust the length of the earphones to fit your head, which is handy. And I find these are quite 'bendy' too when opening them up to put on your head. Of course, don't be too forceful with them, but I find they are quite flexible .
The ear pieces themselves has a cushion like bit on the ears for comfort. I find I can wear these earphones for like 2 to 3 hours at a time with ease and don't have any problems at all with the sound. Another added extra to the earphones is the volume control on the lead. You can adjust the volume control by the little wheel on the lead to no sound at all or quite loud. I find the sound is clear and concise and I can hear my music perfectly through these. As I said, I am partially deaf in my right ear so not getting all the sound as I should in that ear, but I can hear little in that ear. I don't this don't help on getting the full effect of the earphones, but from what I can hear, these are ideal for me.
For £4.99, I find these really good value for money. As I said, I've had these earphones for over a year now, and they still work very well. I would highly recommend these earphones for the price. Personally, I love them.
Thankyou for reading.
NOTE: This review is also written on Ciao under the same username.